2015 New This Week Archive Stories

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  • Design Finds By: Alexandria Abramian
    One to Watch: Ashley Clark’s Ban on Beige        Interior decorator
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Bonner Paddock By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Shane Reichardt
    Bonner Paddock exemplifies the word “grit.” At 33, the Laguna Beach resident became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. A few years later, in 2012, he finished the grueling Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – another astounding feat of endurance. Between training and working full
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Living the model life By David Ferrell | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    With her blonde locks and flawless skin, Gray became the advertising face of St. John, the high-end knitwear firm founded by her parents in 1962, modeling in ads as early as age 15. The Newport Harbor High School graduate earned an entrepreneurial education rising in the company, taking over as CEO before turning 30. After eventually stepping aw
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fancy This By: Steve Irsay
    Can’t decide if you want a limousine, sports car, rolling cocktail lounge, or Wi-Fi-enabled mobile workstation? Starting at almost $340,000, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is not going to be all things to all people; instead it will be many things to a select few. Think: multitasking mogul types with a penchant for high-performance
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The Transformer By: Steve Irsay
    Two years ago, Collin Diller was a full-time college student in need of a new table. Rather than peruse Craigslist or navigate Ikea, the Laguna Beach resident decided to make his own. The son of a retired general contractor, Diller had access to “every tool under the sun.” Working at a lumberyard, he could also get his hands on plent
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Vegas? You bet. By: Christopher Smith
    The true madness that lies within the heart of March Madness, the annual fixation that is the three-week NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, isn’t inside any arena nor in the tens of thousands of offices where otherwise conscientious workers stare at TVs, cheering or despairing over how their brackets are faring. Ground zero for
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Coast Questionnaire By: Steve Bramucci
    To say that Marcelo Gomes is an accomplished dancer is an understatement. After joining American Ballet Theatre in 1997, he became a principal dancer in 2002. In the years since, the Brazilian-born Gomes has put together a string of iconic roles, including the part of Othello, which won him the Prix Benois de la Danse. This month, he will dance
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • The Ocean is his Canvas By: David Ferrell
    Raised in the British military town of Aldershot, outside of London, Malcolm Warner found a welcome escape in the pages of art books, entranced by distant landscapes and the faces of people who lived centuries ago. He studied art at the University of London, earning a doctorate from the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art, and moved to the Un
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Teemu Selanne’s Helsinki
    One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • One Door Away from Heaven By: Peter Larsen
    Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design. The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS compute
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Bridge to the Future By: Kedric Francis
    Though austerity advocates and recently elected council members may disagree, the architectural community’s consensus on the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park is as clear as the ocean view from the end of its pedestrian bridge. The design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson recently won one of 23 Honor Awards from the American Institute of Archit
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • The Tribe at Water's Edge By: Terence Loose
    Photography by Joni Sternbach Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
    Mon Jan 12, 2015